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New Phrases Added to the Style Lexicon

November 11, 2005

In her new Talk column, Amanda Hesser decrees that three new words/phrases must be added to the Style Lexicon.
Matchy-matchy

Match·y-match·y (mach' e\ mach' e\) / adj. / two or more things that go together, perhaps too well, in appearance, color or size; e.g., "Her pink KitchenAid mixer and pink floral kitchen towels are way too matchy-matchy."

Domestic

Do·mes·tic (do mes' tik) / adj. / pertaining to the family or household; sometimes dubiously followed by the word "goddess." Also refers to any artisanal food produced in or indigenous to this country, whether a carefully aged vinegar, a cured meat or a runny cheese. Some restaurants use it to suggest heightened quality, as in, "All of our farmstead cheeses are domestic."

Choco-dependent

Choc·o-de·pend·ent (ch ok o' di pen' dnt) / adj. / from the French choco-dependant, referring to a chocolate addict. A growing number of Americans are displaying the symptoms, which may include cold sweats, tremors and irritability that last until le fix - say, a square of François Pralus's 75-percent Madagascar bar -- is administered. Take your medicine!
Not only did we learn some new words, we've now discovered the genius of Francois Pralus, "one of France's three remaining bean-to-bar chocolate makers."


















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